Among some of the most complex types of criminal charges are those involving computers and the internet. If you have been accused of a computer-related crime, you may have trouble understanding exactly what you’re being charged with. There are countless different types of computer crimes. When you think of a computer crime, you are probably thinking of hackers, who do damage remotely, often by gaining access to personal data such as credit card or bank information. But there are less obvious types of computer crimes as well.
You can learn more about computer crimes by consulting with someone who understands the nuances and complexities of the laws around Florida computer crimes. Professional Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Evan A. Hoffman and his team of experts can supply an intimate understanding of these laws, and could prove to be an invaluable resource in fighting charges of computer crime. Contact The Hoffman Firm today to find out how we can help.
Computer crimes are widespread in definition, including any of the following:
- Illegal spamming or spam marketing, which often comes intertwined with computer viruses
- Illegally downloading “intellectual property,” such as music, movies, e-books, or software
- Hacking, with the purpose of obtaining data from other internet users
- Creating or perpetuating viruses
Of course, there are also much less obvious charges. Using the internet as a tool for stalking, soliciting sex, or counterfeiting can additionally be charged as computer crimes, as long as a computer is involved with the process of committing them.
A conviction of computer crime, according to the Florida Computer Crimes Act, carries a penalty of up to 15 years of incarceration, along with a fine of up to $10,000. Computer crimes are complex, and it may be due to this fact, along with an exponential worldwide increase of internet users, that lawmakers and prosecutors are particularly invested in targeting this area of the law.
For this reason, the importance of enlisting a highly qualified professional criminal defense attorney becomes paramount. A skilled attorney will be there to focus on your case, and to provide a deep understanding of the laws surrounding computer crimes.
Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former prosecutor, which means he has handled both sides of the Florida legal system. He is ready to provide a strong defense for anyone who has been accused of a computer crime. For a completely FREE consultation, contact us today to learn more.